Arkansas Lawmakers Pass $300 million Highway Funding Plan


LITTLE ROCK – In Arkansas people in charge of maintaining the state’s highways are breathing a sigh of relief this week. 

After some debate lawmakers passed a $300 million plan to fund highways. 

The plan is in two parts. One gets money to ARDOT immediately. 
The other relies on voters to extend a half-cent sales tax that Arkansans are already paying. 

That’s set to expire in a couple of years and ARDOT’s director knows it’s possible that voters might say no.

“I think since it doesn’t expire, the current sales tax doesn’t expire until June of 2023, if something happens and the voters don’t pass it in November of 2020, that does give us a couple of legislative sessions to be able to deal with the shortfall that we’ll experience,” Scott Bennett, Director, Arkansas Department Of Transportation. 

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